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Nicolas Collignon

Trump’s New Bank Regulator: Lawyer Who Helped Banks Charge More Fees

So the guy who is now THE Bank Regulator in the United States, is specialized in helping banks f*ck the population by avoiding state laws protecting consumers.

In the early 2000s, banks successfully sued to stop Iowa from limiting their ability to charge ATM fees to non-customers. They also fought off states’ attempts to stop them from charging non-customers to cash checks drawn on the banks’ accounts. In another case, they stopped California from forcing two banks to conduct audits of their own residential mortgages.

What do all these cases have in common? The winning argument in each was that states had no right to impose their laws on federally regulated national banks. And the man who helped make that powerful argument was Keith Noreika — President Trump’s pick to head the federal agency that oversees national banks.

Noreika, a prominent Washington attorney who specializes in financial regulatory law, has made a career out of representing banks as they sought to fight back consumer-friendly state regulations and class-action lawsuits accusing banks of deceptive practices.

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Nicolas Collignon

Trump’s Expected Pick for Top USDA Scientist Is Not a Scientist

One of the main issues with politics today: career politicians who run for their own, their friends' or their party's interests are given jobs that should be awarded to specialists, competent and self-less people, who are supposed to take enlightened decisions for the greater good.

Instead, we have partisan nominations of people who, like in this example, have no scientific background whatsoever and are supposed to be their agency's "chief scientist".

No wonder people are fed up. No wonder politics cannot change the world. No wonder populist parties have higher scores than ever in numerous elections.

The USDA’s research section studies everything from climate change to nutrition. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency’s “chief scientist” and be chosen “from among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.”

But Sam Clovis — who, according to sources with knowledge of the appointment and members of the agriculture trade press, is President Trump’s pick to oversee the section — appears to have no such credentials.

Clovis has never taken a graduate course in science and is openly skeptical of climate change. While he has a doctorate in public administration and was a tenured professor of business and public policy at Morningside College for 10 years, he has published almost no academic work.

Clovis is better known for hosting a conservative talk radio show in his native Iowa and, after mounting an unsuccessful run for Senate in 2014, becoming a fiery pro-Trump advocate on television.

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Nicolas Collignon

Trump Cabinet has Bible study meetings with pastor who wants disciples of Christ to take over the government

Sooo yeah, the world is in good hands.

Cabinet officials in the President Donald Trump’s White House meet for a weekly Bible study group led by a right-wing pastor dedicated to “making disciples of Christ in the Capitol” and spreading Christian fundamentalism among U.S. leaders.

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Drollinger is “(a) former college basketball star turned evangelical Christian whose own church disavowed him over his bigotry and radical theology.”

The controversial pastor “has variously proclaimed that Catholicism is ‘the world’s largest false religion,’ that female legislators who continue working after having children are sinners, and that homosexuality is an ‘abomination.’ He has also written that social welfare programs are un-Christian. ‘It is safe to say that God is a Capitalist,’ Drollinger once wrote, ‘not a Communist.'”